Research Interests: Behavioral, Molecular, Cellular, Developmental
My research involves using animal models to understand the neural basis of different neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. There are several ongoing projects in the lab. In one project, we are investigating the effects of stress during adolescence on the development of different brain regions implicated in mood and anxiety disorders. In another project, we are identifying how changes in the serotonin system influence vulnerabiity to anorexia nervosa using the activity-based anorexia paradigm. In a third project, we are identifying the neural circuits that mediate the effects of serotonin on fear learning and innate anxiety. Each project involves a combination of behavioral and molecular and cellular neurobiological techniques.